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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violent but well-acted western for Kiefer Sutherland fans.

Movie R 2016 90 minutes
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Great western

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Though it borrows liberally from the classic Shane and doesn't really offer anything new, this lowkey Western still works, thanks to patient storytelling and a batch of strong performances. Emmy winner Jon Cassar, who directed Kiefer Sutherland in the hit TV series 24, is at the helm and allows for many potent, touching scenes of character interaction that subtly strengthen the drama. Wincott is especially good as a three-dimensional bad guy with both a history and a moral compass.

Speaking of history, it helps that there's a lot here. FORSAKEN marks the first time that Kiefer and Donald Sutherland have played father and son in a movie, and Kiefer and Moore reunite for the first time since 1992's A Few Good Men. Not to mention that seeing the younger Sutherland back in the saddle recalls his Young Guns films. He's older now, and his face has plenty of character; with little dialogue, he effortlessly carries his scenes. Even as the plot slowly heads toward the inevitable, it's not hard to care.

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